Kaestrings happens to be the rave of the season since when Nathaniel Bassey began singing his song during the ongoing #HallelujahChallenge praise sessions.
MAG got the privilege to speak with him, and carefully note that this is his season. From our conversation, we came to the realization that regardless of ones place and tools, only God can amplify ones effort.
He is still in awe of what has happened with his song in the past few days. Ga Shi Nan gained over 1000 views and downloads from our site in less than 48 hours.
Kingsley “Kaestrings” Innocent is a simple worshiper with a great God. Enjoy our conversation with him:
We know you’re Kingsley Innocent, with the stage name Kaestrings. Please tell us something we don’t know about you.
I am from Zaria and have spent my entire life in Zaria. I love music and I grew up in a family where music is loved by everyone. From a family of 7, I am the last born by God’s grace although I have an adopted younger sis so that rules out the ‘i am the last born’ thought. I have 5 female elder siblings and an immediate elder brother.
I had my primary education in Calvary Baptist School, attended two Secondary Schools, one in ABU, Zaria and then Jesus Is Life Academy Secondary school where my music development was aided especially with the friends I got to meet there. I became a Prefect and then Headboy respectively. I am currently studying Fine Art in Ahmadu Bello University [ABU], Zaria.
It seems your life has always been around church and the christian environment due to your background. Have you had any experiences where you have had to stand for your faith somehow?
I guess part of the reason you asked this question is because Zaria is muslim dominated. I have not had any personal experiences at the moment that I can recall. However, it is amazing and awesome getting to mingle with Godlovers in Zaria. The passion for God here is beautiful and it does not give the impression that there are any issues at all. Even with the crisis and persecutions, one thing with Zaria is that there is unity among Christians and Muslims. So, there’s not much issues, even when there are, it has been managed well a lot of times. Like the churches that have been burned down, they were rebuilt and even made more beautiful.
We have not yet been to Zaria but we know someone over there, Apostle Joshua Selman…
(Laughs) Oh Yessss! I work under his ministry. I am a part of the Koinonia worship team.
Looking at the feedback you have gotten from Ga Shi Nan in the past days and weeks, tell us how you felt when you realized the song was growing like wild fire.
(Giggle) First of all, I was really amazed but then I don’t know if it’s my personality but I did not let it get into my head. Everything was happening so fast and what I could see was just the hand of God and God’s mercy because this is something that I did not put pressure on or that I tried to force. I never knew it was going to happen like this. So, all credits go to God. It made me see myself presently grateful to God. I feel so happy. I feel really good about it.
What does it mean to you that many people know your song right now? Does it make you think you have to work on another song or does it give you that assurance that God hears and honors you?
It means so much to me. The testimonies and yearnings that have come from people’s comments blesses me, humbles me and makes me want to go deeper into God, to do what I used to do that produced something like this.
So, I’m trying as much as possible not to get carried away by the wave but then bend my head towards receiving and hearing more so as to have a constant inspiration from God and what he has for me.
Before Ga Shi Nan became this popular, did you get any green light? Was there a word of prophecy that you think kick started this or did you pray for the publicity it now has? Do you think something called it forth?
Ok. I had been praying for it. I did this song last year around August and was contemplating whether to make it public or not. In October I started to feel bad about it and was asking God what it was all about.
There’s actually a reason I made the acoustic version of Ga Shi Nan. One, I had it in heart that the production of the song is way beyond what I could get around. The facilities at hand was really small. When I got to the studio [Scratch Recordz], I got to realize that the midi piano was faulty and so I had to record with my guitar alone. Then I consoled myself, recorded the acoustic version and told myself the full version will be out soon (Laughs). The soon was last year but by God’s grace that soon will be soon.
It is however amazing how God has taught me through this process. How to understand his voice and call. There were times I wanted to take a step and do the full version but got a withdrawal in my spirit to sit back. Presently, how everything has gone, it teaches me a whole lot on how God operates. This God does not operate like man.
You were most definitely in the spirit cause I was going to ask, If you are to record Ga Shi Nan again would you feature anyone and who?
Of course! I am going to record Ga Shi Nan again and then I desire to feature two people on it. The two people I desire to have on it are Minister Nathaniel Bassey and Mairo Ese.
Ga Shi Nan is a really simple song. What inspired your writing it?
My total inspiration is the Holy Spirit. I had been singing the song in my spirit before knowing it. I just started to become Joyful on my inside and I could not just explain the joy. It was a Saturday and we were supposed to have rehearsal. Just some minutes before we began praying, the song came…the melody just came and I was trying to understand it but I immediately recorded it on my phone. The words just followed. I really can’t explain it. It was just the element of his spirit – Joy I could feel. You know, everyone has their ways they know and feel God, mine is the Joy I feel.
What dreams do you have as a Gospel Minister in Nigeria?
Pastor Nathaniel Bassey has been a huge role model for me. I love the consistency in ministry, what he does and how he does it. Being able to draw and receive from God, songs for times and seasons that would meet particular time.
What message would you like to give everyone who has downloaded your song?
It’s just God. Just the hand and mercies of God. I really want to thank everyone who has supported and prayed for me in every way. I want to say that they should dwell in His presence and even though situations don’t seem as we want them to be, with time we would see the hand of God.
Should we expecting any other song from you asides releasing Ga Shi Nan Again?
By God’s grace, you all will be blessed by all my songs. I am as well blessed when I sing them to myself. I have another of my song – Amazing Love.
Thank You so much for having us. We appreciate your time and pray that God who has started this good work with you will bring it to completion.
If you are yet to download Ga Shi Nan, you can do so HERE
Also listen to his other song Amazing Love: